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‘World Championship HG pilots must register’

‘World Championship HG pilots must register’

  CIVL have called for all pilots who plan to fly in the multi-class Hang Gliding World Championships in Annecy in June to register. With two days to go until registration closes they say that pilots need to register properly, through their national aero club (NAC), to be accepted. Only 41 out of 111 pilots […]

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Video: Inside The Adam

Video: Inside The Adam

BGD’s latest video for their new glider the Adam, EN A, is a tale of father and son. Neat video work inside the glider too… • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com Buy and sell gear on Skyads.aero Home

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Lightweight tandem spreaders from BGD

Lightweight tandem spreaders from BGD

  BGD have new lightweight tandem spreaders. Although their tandem glider comes with a set of standard spreaders, the lightweight ones save you 230g. BGD say the lightweight spreaders can also be flown without the spreader bar. “The bar can be unhooked by hand on launch transforming the bars into soft spreaders.” Removing the bars […]

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UP’s Summit XC 3 due mid-April

UP’s Summit XC 3 due mid-April

  UP are expecting to start delivering their new Summit XC3 in mid-April. The glider is a high-level EN B wing and is aimed at, “experienced cross country pilots who just cannot get enough performance from their EN B wing”. The first gliders in size Medium will start shipping then, with other sizes expected in […]

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Bruce Goldsmith XC seminar, August 2014

Bruce Goldsmith XC seminar, August 2014

  Bruce Goldsmith is holding a week-long cross country flying seminar in Greece in August. The week, from 23-30 August, will focus on flying cross country and will include daily group flights on radio with Bruce. The seminar will be based on Bruce’s book, 50 Ways to Fly Better, which was published by Cross Country […]

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Triple-Seven’s P-Light and Skewer

Triple-Seven’s P-Light and Skewer

  Triple Seven have two new small gliders aimed at making things small and light. The P-Light is a “super light” 2.6kg miniwing, based on 777′s school glider the Pawn. They say: “The glider is designed for fun and ease of piloting in a wide range of conditions and places. It can be used in […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2015 will be 2000km long

Red Bull X-Alps 2015 will be 2000km long

  Organisers of the Red Bull X-Alps have announced that the 2015 race will be “double the length” as they plan to send athletes back to where they came from after they have reached the raft in Monaco. Announcing the news in a Suunto-sponsored Tweet organiser Hannes March said: “The 2013 race was too easy. […]

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Seiko Fukuoka claims 50km triangle record

Seiko Fukuoka claims 50km triangle record

  Seiko Fukuoka Naville has claimed a new women’s world record for Speed over a 50km triangle. She flew the flight on 28 March 2014 in Annecy, France. The speed claimed is 34.69km/h. The full record claim reads: Claim number : 17069 Sub-class :O-3 (Paragliders) Category: Female Type of record : Speed over a triangular […]

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Advance Sigma 9 offers ‘Compact power’

Advance Sigma 9 offers ‘Compact power’

  Advance have announced the release date of the Sigma 9, the latest iteration of their well-known EN C glider. Scheduled to be released towards the end of May this year the glider offers “less aspect ratio and weight, more performance and precision” Advance say. They state: The latest model in the distinguished Sigma series […]

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AirCross Release U Fly 2

AirCross Release U Fly 2

  AirCross’s new EN B glider has been released. It offers “Safety and security with precise handling” according to the company. They say: It is the perfect glider for the pilot who demands a huge amount of passive safety, but still needs to have enough performance reserves to go on XC. The glider is also […]

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Gradient’s BiGolden 3 in production

Gradient’s BiGolden 3 in production

  Gradient have announced their new tandem glider, the BiGolden 3, is in production. The glider is certified EN B and is 39m2. Gradient said they went for 39 instead of 38 due to “greater usability”, adding, “We believe it was good decision and there will be only positive feedback from pilots.” The company has […]

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What’s on in April and May 2014

What’s on in April and May 2014

April marks the start of the season in Europe, which means contests, competitions and flying events. With 40 hang gliding and paragliding comps in the FAI calendar alone we pick some highlights from what’s going on around the free-flying world.   CUBAN PARAGLIDING NATIONALS Competition and fiesta 31 March to 6 April Cuban pilots are […]

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Video: 777 Queen

Video: 777 Queen

Triple-7 have released a new film of flying their new EN C glider, the Queen, in the Julian Alps. “Urban, Aljaz and Miha flew for three days in Julian Alps paradise filming. Three days of Queen adventures!” • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com Buy and sell gear on Skyads.aero Home

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Video: Niviuk Takoo 3

Video: Niviuk Takoo 3

Niviuk have released a new video promoting their new tandem, the Takoo 3. • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com Buy and sell gear on Skyads.aero Home

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Trans-Nepal Expedition Ends in Tragedy

Trans-Nepal Expedition Ends in Tragedy

Andy Pag reports from Nepal   Premek Hulek, one of the three pilots flying on a Trans-Nepal vol-biv expedition, met with a fatal accident on the 13 March 2014. His death has sent shockwaves through the tight-knit paragliding community in Pokhara, where Hulek was a well loved and respected professional tandem pilot. No one knows […]

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Kalahari Big Sky Challenge 2014/15: Call for entries

Kalahari Big Sky Challenge 2014/15: Call for entries

  Dates for the Kalahari Big Sky Challenge 2014/15 have been announced. The four-week world record encampment will take place from 13 December 2014 to 17 January 2015 in Groblershoop, South Africa. Announcing the event organiser Oscar Plange said he hoped to attract at least 20 of the world’s best XC hang glider pilots to […]

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WeatherFlow launch Wind Meter

WeatherFlow launch Wind Meter

  Is there anything the iPhone can’t do? The Wind Meter is the latest gadget aimed at pilots and wind gurus. It takes “instant and accurate” wind measurements using your iPhone or Android device. It also allows your wind reading to be shared in real time through the web. Designed to be more affordable than […]

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Apco’s new Hike harness

Apco’s new Hike harness

Apco’s new Hike harness has been announced. Billed as an “ultra-light, reversible harness / backpack” Apco say it’s been designed for maximum comfort while either flying or hiking. It’s a split leg design, weighs in at 1.3kg and includes reserve parachute attachment points. When reversed the rucksack features compression straps for volume adjustment, mesh side […]

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Free Flyers: A hang gliding movie by Tony Ritter

Free Flyers: A hang gliding movie by Tony Ritter

    Free Flyers is a new 60-minute film featuring some of Utah’s most iconic flying sites. Starring some local and international hang gliding legends, it was made by pro filmmaker Tony Ritter. A hang gliding road movie, it also features the battle to save Point of the Mountain, one of the best free flight […]

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Sup’Air announce their new professional tandem

Sup’Air announce their new professional tandem

Sup’Air have announced their first paraglider – the tandem Sora. Aimed at professional tandem pilots it’s the result of over a year of design effort. Announcing the glider Sup’Air said, “This high-end tandem glider meets all the requirements of professional pilots who need to perform flight after flight all day over a whole season.” A […]

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